At Los Alamos Schools Credit Union with some of the books they have collected for the African Library Project are, from left, Camille Romero member service representative, Bethany Hayward Executive Vice President, Matt Schmidt CEO, Carissa Meierdierks Wall, loan officer, and Denise Gutierrez MSR. Courtesy photo
Girls reading books sent to Africa from previous book drives in Los Alamos. Courtey photo
BY SHARON ALLEN
African Library Project
It’s that time again! The local K-Kids, Builders Club, and Key Club, all student service clubs sponsored by the local Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be collecting used (or new) children’s books for the African Library Project over the next 6 weeks. Our goal is to send 8 full libraries of 1200 books each to the country of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Africa. Only 66% of the adult population is literate and only 13% of girls graduate from high school.
Some of these libraries will also serve the entire communities so books on health and first aid, childcare, parenting, and agriculture are also requested. Please drop books at any of the following locations, where labeled collection boxes are located in the lobbies
- Los Alamos Schools Credit Union, 1010 Central Avenue, Los Alamos
- Any LAPS elementary school in Los Alamos or White Rock
- Los Alamos Middle School
You can also help support the shipment of books by buying a Valentine bouquet of See’s lollipops at Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 and by attending our upcoming movie event and fundraiser at the SALA Event Center, Monday, Feb. 27. Two delightful movies based in Africa appropriate for all ages will be shown. More info coming soon!
Please contact Sharon Allen, coordinator, at (505) 795-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.